Lifetime Physical Activity Program 186-286 Pilates - Rice University

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					                   Rice University - Lifetime Physical Activity Program 186-286
                                         Pilates – Fall 2010
                                      August 23 – December 3
                             Mon/Wed        10:00-10:50 or 11:00-11:50


Instructor: Megan Gossett
Email: mwsgossett@yahoo.com


Course Description:
This is a beginning level course designed to offer an introduction to the classic Pilates matwork
exercises. The acquisition and understanding of these exercises, their goals, and intent, will be
presented through activity, lecture, and observation, and will be evaluated through participation,
physical performance and written examination.

Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen and tone, and
balance the body. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, coordination,
both muscular and mental, and correct spinal alignment and pelvic positioning are all are key
components of the Pilates method. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that capacity
spills over into the areas of one's life.


Course Objectives:
  1. To optimize health and body awareness, core and back strength, flexibility, lengthened muscles,
     increased energy and overall conditioning of the body and mind.
  2. To increase familiarity of one's own anatomy.
  3. To introduce students to fundamentals of movement essential to the understanding and proper
     execution of the exercises.
  4. For each student to achieve progression through the Pilates mat series based on:
         a. familiarity with the basic terminology and order of the exercises
         b. basic knowledge and awareness of proper form and body positioning
         c. transitioning from the basic mat with modifications, to the more intermediate matwork
         d. ultimately, performing the exercises by memory, with clean form and flowing transitions
  5. To be able to begin to translate proper body mechanics gained from Pilates exercises in
     everyday movements.


Course Content:
• brief history of Joseph Pilates and the Pilates method
• basic, intermediate and selected advanced mat exercises
• modifications and variations of exercises
• FOR CREDIT – those taking the course for credit are required an additional assignment to be
  discussed with instructor
Attendance Policy:

The attendance policy for LPAP courses that meet twice a week will be as follows:
Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to actively participate while in attendance.
During the course of the semester, students are allowed two “free” absences. Should a student miss an
additional class(es) she/he will need to arrange to make up the missed class at a time and place that is
agreed upon by both the student and the instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate
conversation with the instructor to discuss the make-up, and an agreement must be reached between the
two within two weeks of the absence. If a student fails to make up a missed third or fourth class, his/her
final grade will drop by one or two grade letters, respectively.

Please note, students will not be allowed to make up more than two classes. Five total absences,
including those that were made up and no matter their circumstance, will result in a failing grade for
the course.

Students may not miss more than 4 absences total – two of which can be made up:
2 free absences
only allowed to make up two classes – must schedule within two weeks of absence
3 absences no make up – drop one letter grade
4 absences no makeup – drop two letter grades
5 absences – even if made up, will result in a failing grade

** You may receive credit for classroom observation and may be asked to do additional assignments if
you sustain an injury which would prevent safe participation. Notes must be taken during observation
and turned in at the end of class - NO TEXTING will be permitted

MAKEUPS COULD TAKE LONGER THAN TAKING THE ACTUAL CLASS

Make up options:
• one hour of observation and notes in an actual Pilates studio (Pilates Concepts of Houston 3100
  Richmond Ave. #200) – day and time to be determined by student and instructor
• attendance of another Pilates' class
• written assignment



Class Etiquette:
You are expected to be on time – students more than fifteen minutes late will be asked to observe class
AND do an additional assignment to make the class up
If you are late for unavoidable reasons enter quietly
Please turn cell phones off or on vibrate
No talking during the class time
Please do not eat or drink (besides water) or chew gum during class
Please wipe down mats and roll up one at a time
Clothes should be form fitting, without restricting movement. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE CLASS IN
YOUR STREET CLOTHES – NO JEANS. NO SHORT SHORTS unless bike shorts are worn
underneath. Yoga / sweat pants and or long shorts with bike shorts underneath are best.
Please remove large jewelry, secure long hair, and avoid large hair clips.
Variable Credit Disclaimer:

           All Rice undergraduate students must satisfactorily complete two different non-
           credit LPAP classes in order to earn their baccalaureate degree. Once a student has
           met his/her graduation requirement, LPAP classes can be taken for one credit hour. If
           you HAVE NOT fulfilled your graduation requirement, you MUST select the non-
           credit option for your LPAP class.

Honor Code Violations:
        All students are expected to uphold their pledge to the Rice Honor Code. Any
        student suspected of cheating on an exam or written assignment will be reported to
        the Chair of the Honor Council, and an investigation will ensue. Any questions that
        you may have about what constitutes an honor code violation in this class can be
        directed to the instructor.

ADA Statement:

           This instructor, in conjunction with Rice University, is committed to upholding and
           maintaining all aspects of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and
           Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you are a student with a disability and
           wish to request accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services Office in the
           Ley Student Center. Any information regarding your disability will remain confidential.
           Because many accommodations require early planning, requests for accommodations should
           be made as early as possible. Any requests for accommodations will be reviewed in a
           timely manner to determine their appropriateness to this setting


Evaluation:
Attendance/punctuality and active participation                          300 points
Written Exam                                                             200 points
Total points possible                                                    500 points



Grading Scale
Average                     Points               Grade
94-100                      468-500               A
90-93                       448-467               A-
87-89                       433-447               B+
83-86                       413-432               B
80-82                       398-412               B-
77-79                       383-397               C+
73-76                       363-382               C
70-72                       348-362               C-
67-69                       333-347               D+
63-66                       313-332               D
60-62                       298-312               D-
< 60                        <298                  F
•  students with a 97-100 average and no absences will receive an A+
                                           ATTENDANCE CONTRACT



I, ____________________________________________________, have read the syllabus and the
attendance policy.

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Attendance Policy:

The attendance policy for LPAP courses that meet twice a week will be as follows:
Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to actively participate while in attendance.
During the course of the semester, students are allowed two “free” absences. Should a student miss an
additional class(es) she/he will need to arrange to make up the missed class at a time and place that is
agreed upon by both the student and the instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate
conversation with the instructor to discuss the make-up, and an agreement must be reached between the
two within two weeks of the absence. If a student fails to make up a missed third or fourth class, his/her
final grade will drop by one or two grade letters, respectively.

Please note, students will not be allowed to make up more than two classes. Five total absences,
including those that were made up and no matter their circumstance, will result in a failing grade for
the course.

Students may not miss more than 4 absences total – two of which can be made up:
2 free absences
only allowed to make up two classes – must schedule within two weeks of absence
3 absences no make up – drop one letter grade
4 absences no makeup – drop two letter grades
5 absences – even if made up, will result in a failing grade


You may receive credit for classroom observation and may be asked to do additional assignments if
you sustain an injury which would prevent safe participation. Notes must be taken during observation
and NO TEXTING will be permitted

MAKEUPS COULD TAKE LONGER THAN TAKING THE ACTUAL CLASS

Make up options:
• one hour of observation and notes in an actual Pilates studio (Pilates Concepts of Houston 3100
  Richmond Ave. #200) – day and time to be determined by student and instructor
• attendance of another Pilates' class
• written assignment

				
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